Do not approach VVIPs and VIPs for postings. This is the message of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to its officers and air warriors.
In a recently issued circular, the IAF has told its personnel that they should not approach VVIPs and VIPs to influence matters pertaining to their postings in the service.
IAF spokesperson Flight Lieutenant Priya Joshi said, "This is a routine general advisory issued by the IAF. It was not instigated by any particular incident in the recent past."
"Such things are even discussed and conveyed to officers and troops at the welfare meetings that take place at unit level," she added.
The IAF spokesperson said there were well-established procedures in the service for "redressal of grievances for putting across one's view to higher echelons."
She said writing directly to VVIPs for seeking favours was deemed to be an unauthorised channel of approach and seeking such direct interventions amounted to bypassing laid down channels and exerting undue pressure on decision-making authorities.